Jury selection is underway this morning in Douglas County District Court the second trial of the man charged with setting the deadly fire in October 2005 at Lawrence's Boardwalk Apartments.
With defendant Jason A. Rose looking on, attorneys are questioning a group of 42 prospective jurors about how much they know of the case, whether they know anyone involved, and whether they can remain impartial.
"This is a case that does raise strong emotions," Assistant District Attorney Amy McGowan told jurors. "Everyone knows someone in some way that's been affected by it... Everyone has heard or read things about it, but can you put that aside and listen to the evidence?"
Rose's trial is expected to last about two weeks. His first trial in February ended in a mistrial when prosecutors tried to introduce a new witness during the trial.
Prosecutors said at the time the person came forward Feb. 9. The Journal-World also received a subpoena that evening requesting records and Internet protocol addresses for someone who had posted a comment earlier that day alleging Rose had said he would set his apartment on fire.
On Feb. 9, the comment, posted by a user under the name "truth_society," stated that Rose told the poster and several others during his stay in a group home "that as soon as he moved out into his own apartment space, he was going to set it on fire."
Later on Feb. 9, the Journal-World received a subpoena from the Office of the Kansas State Fire Marshal requesting records and Internet protocol addresses for the poster, and the newspaper complied later that night, based on the ljworld.com user agreement in which the company reserves the right to disclose identifying information of those posting comments in the event of legal action.